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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys On The Mend, RB Michael Getting Reps, More...

The Cowboys got a bit of good news as Brandon Carr, Ronald Leary and Jeremy Mincey are all back at practice but so is New Orleans Saints' QB Drew Brees. The focus is on the Sunday night matchup.

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Do The Dallas Cowboys Have A Quarterback Controversy? - Dallas Morning News
Some Cowboys fans are already calling for Brandon Weeden to be replaced, and folks around the NFL reportedly believe it's only a matter of time before Matt Cassel replaces Weeden.

"It's different when you're Tony Romo or Tom Brady or Peyton Manning," Jones said. "Everybody knows it's their team. I think Brandon, Cassel's in here, if doesn't play well then he knows there's competition there. It gives us an option. We felt like getting a guy like Cassel, who has had success in the league, was a good fit for us."

BTB Dallas Cowboys Podcast: Dan Rogers on Falcons Game; Saints Preview With Kevin Skiver! - Blogging The Boys
Rabbs and McCool chat with Danny Phantom about the Cowboys' loss to Atlanta and welcome Canal Street Chronicles front page writer Kevin Skiver into the studio to discuss the state of the Saints and to preview Sunday night's Cowboys-Saints skirmish.

Cowboys Can Always Count On Jason Witten -Charean Williams- The Star-Telegram

Though most of the news has been on the somber side as of late, the one thing the Cowboys can count on is tight end Jason Witten. He is always there.

"I feel good," Witten said. "Early [last] week, it was a little tough trying to get some of that swelling out, but by the end of the week, it felt really good. The trainers did a good job helping me out, so yeah, I think I’m past all that and feel good."

Dallas Cowboys preparing for New Orleans Saints, Noise - Todd Archer - ESPN
The Cowboys are preparing for the Saints and the noise their fans can generate in the Superdome despite New Orleans six-game home losing streak.

"It’s hard to simulate it," Brandon Weeden said. "From what I hear it gets pretty loud there. Just got to rely on the assignment, rely on the communication and got to be on point with the communication. That’s first and foremost. And if you’re changing plays, whatever it may be, you better be clear."

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Injury Report | Dallas Cowboys
Just a daily update on the injuries each team is dealing with. Saints' QB Drew Brees saw limited action while all the ailing Cowboys besides Romo, Bryant and Gregory were on the practice field.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo Does Light Cardio Work -David Moore- Dallas Morning News
As Brandon Weeden continues to field questions about why he didn't throw deep and Matt Cassel is quizzed about how quickly he can pick up the offense, the starter continues to rehabilitate.

Romo has adopted an extensive stretching, exercise and lifting routine to concentrate on his core since undergoing two back surgeries in the final eight months of 2013. He's had to put that aside for now but Cowboys officials say it won't impact his return.

Cowboys @ Saints: Brandon Weeden Must Unleash This Offense Among Other Things - Blogging The Boys
The Falcons' loss stings but thankfully the Cowboys have two wins under their belt. What's it going to take to get their third against their rival from the bayou?

The Saints have lost six straight home games and may be have to turn to Luke McCown again this week if Drew Brees can't go despite taking first team reps in practice. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have won 10 straight regular season road games. The Superdome is not an easy environment as "Who-Dat Nation" tends to bring the noise. With Brandon Weeden starting his second game, communication will be important.

How A Difficult Past Year Made Mo Claiborne A Stronger Player- Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
Don't look now but Morris Claiborne just may possibly be the best corner on the Cowboys right now.

In Week 4 of the 2014 season, Claiborne tore the patellar tendon in his left knee against the New Orleans Saints – a season-ending injury and easily the worst of a series of setbacks since he arrived in 2012 as the highly-touted shutdown cornerback prospect whom the Cowboys traded a first- and second-round pick to grab at No. 6 overall.

Why Cowboys' Run Defense Went From Dominant To Dormant In One Week -Brandon George- Dallas Morning News
A lot can change in one week in the NFL as the Cowboys went from best rushing defense to the 10th best in one game.

"It's never a good thing to lose like that," Hayden said. "We just have to learn from it as a defense and not let that happen again because it wasn't good. A lot of people lost focus. Gap discipline was a huge thing, and not enough guys running to the ball."

Scout's Eye: Comparing Coordinators, & The Cowboys' Standout Corner - Bryan Broaddus- Dallas Cowboys
The Broad One is back getting us fans all ready for the upcoming match-up with the New Orleans Saints. This time focusing on the coordinators and the cornerbacks.

Marinelli might feel that his secondary can hold up playing Marques Colston, Brandon Coleman and Willie Snead straight up -- which would allow him to use Claiborne how he sees fit against Cooks. By having Claiborne carry him, this route gives Marinelli the chance to control their best offensive threat.

A Tale Of Two Halves? Dallas Defense Versus Atlanta Part 2: The Pass - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas defense appeared to be holding their own against a very potent Atlanta offense. Then it all came unglued, suddenly and without warning. Or did it? What really happened against Atlanta?

But giving up these third downs killed the Cowboys. The had opportunities to get off the field and prevent touchdowns and through penalty, missed tackles, and poor pursuit in the secondary, allowed Atlanta to continue where they shut down the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants before them.

Mincey Excited To Bring His Edge, Energy Back To Cowboys' Defensive Line -David Helman- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys need all the help they can get rushing the passer, thankfully Jeremy Mincey is on the way!

Rod Marinelli didn’t bother mincing words when asked about his pass rush through three games. "It’s not good enough – it’s not at the championship level we want, and they know that," he said.

Week 4 NFL Picks: Can The Cowboys Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive vs. Saints? - Blogging The Boys

The BTB staff offers their week 4 picks, everyone in on a Cowboys' win.

In the NFC, the Rams, 49ers, Giants, and Eagles are struggling to stay relevant after they all stumbled to 1-2 records. A loss this weekend and all three are virtually eliminated from playoff contention. And for the 0-3 Lions, Bears, and Saints, the season is already almost over.

RB Michael Getting Some First-Team Reps; Linehan Sees "A Lot Of Progress" | Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are going to try anything to find a spark on offense and since they traded for Christine Michael nearly a month ago, it's time to see if he's the guy they hoped for.

"They all have their own strengths. His is size (is different)," Linehan said of Michael. "Very explosive back. I think he might be a guy can be utilized when we’re going against some of those big-boy hard-boxes. His running style and his run training can help him move along in our offense."


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